March 2023 Message from Julian Rogers

As a world-class research university, Case Western Reserve has the power to inspire and enact change in the world. We are brimming with experts who are leaders in their fields of study and who are advancing their disciplines. And we also are deeply connected to advancing humanity equitably through education. 

Ten years ago this past January, former Case Western Reserve provost William “Bud” Baeslack and former East Cleveland City School District superintendent Myrna Loy Patton Corley founded a program to improve the academic outcomes of East Cleveland middle and high school students. The idea behind the program, Provost Scholars, was that in partnership, the two institutions could change the trajectories of students who were both underserved and economically disadvantaged. As Provost Scholars Director Faye Gary recently shared, “We started with 10 students and now we’re up to 30 with a waiting list.” Today, Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III continues to be a supporter of and champion for the program.

In this issue, you’ll learn more about the Provost Scholars program and the significant personal investment scholars make to improve their futures. You’ll also learn more about Provost Scholars partner Ginn Academy, one of the program’s faculty mentors James Van Orman and Provost Scholar student tutor Sophia Stellabotte. Finally, you’ll become acquainted with Dr. Vincent Holland, a Case Western Reserve University alumnus and a member of our Neighborhood Advisory Council. 

Also, be sure to check out our events section to learn more about what’s ahead and to find ways that you can engage in our Cleveland and East Cleveland community. 

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy spring!

Julian Rogers
Assistant Vice President, Local Government and Community Relations